The programme aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities.  Projects  should be run  by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with and priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community.

Under the programme, organisations can apply for funding to:

  • Increase local services,
  • Build skills of local people,
  • Increase community cohesion
  • Respond to local economic needs

That will address either of the themes below. Each theme have a number of associated outcomes, each organisation will be able to choose one outcome to report against.

Improve people’s life skills, education, employability and enterprise


  • Improve economic wellbeing
  • Increase enterprise
  • Increase in beneficiary training, education, accreditation and employment
  • Increase participation in lifelong learning
  • Increase qualifications and skills

Maximise people’s ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity


  • Improve access to volunteering
  • Improve community cohesion
  • Improved community facilities
  • Improve the community working together
  • Promote safer communities
  • Reduce crime, violence and anti-social behaviour
  • Strengthen organisations through capacity building

Comic Relief has now become Living Wage Friendly Funder. This commitment means they fund all staff costs applied for at the Living Wage.

Comic Relief are sensitive to circumstances where organisations feel that taking up the Living Wage could cause difficulties. Please contact the Foundation if you feel your organisation would be unable to pay grants at the Living Wage, there maybe some provision for grants to be increased, this will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Please find here a link to the Living Wage Friendly Funder FAQ’s here.

A Local Communities grant must be at least 30% of the total cost of the project.

Organisations which have received a Community Cash grant or any other grant from a Community Foundation can apply for a Local Communities grant. However organisations which hold a grant directly from Comic Relief, cannot apply for a Local Communities Grant.

Who can apply?

  • Community Groups
  • Resident Associations
  • Community Centres
  • Social Enterprises/Community Interest Companies/Community Interest    Organisations
  • Credit Unions

 Types of activities that might be funded

  • Community sport activities
  • Furniture Projects
  • Projects providing access to benefits advice
  • Projects combating fuel poverty
  • Community consultation exercises
  • Community employment projects
  • Food Co-ops
  • Running costs; including salaries, core costs and project costs
  • Committee and volunteer/staff training


Grants will not be awarded to:

  • to individuals;
  • to statutory organisations, including schools;
  • to fund trips abroad;
  • to fund buses, mini buses or other community transport schemes (not including transport costs forming part of a project);
  • to fund building costs, including access adaptations to buildings;
  • to organisations who are in receipt of a grant directly from Comic Relief.

When can you apply?

We are open for applications from Monday 19th September 2016. The closing date is Friday 28th October 2016


If you want to apply for a Local Communities Grant, click here